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2002 Millenia: Mazda..gas tank..the release button while I slip a key

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Mazda, 2002 Millenia has a remote gas tank cover release. Hasn't worked in over 3 years. I can open it, if someone pushes the release button while I slip a key into the edge of the cover. I have been very fortunate that total strangers are willing to assist me. That said, it would be nice to have a reasonable solution. Dealership tells me that the replacement part would exceed $500. Seems like an excessive amount. Any ideas, short of snipping the rod under the cover, and using velcro to keep cover closed?
Thanks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  Jerry replied 3 years ago.

Hello and welcome to Just answer.com, Super mechanic here. About your vehicle.

That actuator is rather expensive. I would try this first, (before the velcro)

Bend the little tang that the rod goes into, a little farther away from the actuator. Spray some WD-40 on the door hinge and a little bit on the actuator rod as well. If you need 2 people to open it, then that means that the actuator is doing something. Also, you may want to check and possibly adjust the door's tension spring. Just bend it out a little to put some more pressure on the door, and when the actuator rod moves it should pop the door opened.

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